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Respiratory Therapy is one of the most dynamic and technology driven career choices in healthcare.

Respiratory Therapists use high tech medical equipment and fine-tuned patient assessment skills in the care and treatment of patients with respiratory diseases. As a Respiratory Therapist your responsibilities in the clinical setting may include analyzing a patient's lung function, performing arterial blood gas analysis to determine levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide and performing chest physical exams to determine what kind of therapy is best for their condition.

Working at the bedside under the direction of a physician, Respiratory Therapists work in a variety of hospital settings including intensive care units, managing ventilators and artificial airway devices for patients who can't breathe on their own; in pediatric units, helping kids with respiratory conditions ranging from premature birth to asthma and in emergency rooms, assisting with lifesaving treatments.

The YTI experience combines qualified instruction with the medical facilities, equipment and instruments you'd find on your first day of work. In addition, your clinical rotation in actual hospitals, long term care facilities and clinics will prepare you with the working knowledge and skills you'll need as an important part of any medical team.

Watch: What Will I Learn in YTI's Respiratory Therapy Program?

Program Details

  • Program offered at YTI-Altoona
  • Program length: 21 months
  • Credits: 118
  • Graduates earn an Associate in Specialized Technology degree

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CoARC Accredited

The Respiratory Therapy program at YTI Career Institute - Altoona has earned continuing programmatic Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care ( This status signifies that a program that has been granted continuing accreditation has demonstrated continuous compliance in accordance with the Standards following submission of a continuing self-study report and completion of an on-site visit as required by the CoARC Board. YTI Career Institute-Altoona’s Respiratory Therapy program is recognized by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) and graduates are eligible to sit for the Respiratory Care Credentialing Examination(s). Enrolled students completing the program under Continuing Accreditation are considered graduates of a CoARC accredited program. Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care, 777 Cannon Drive, P.O. box 54876, Hurst, Texas 76054-4876, (817)283-2835.

Respiratory Therapy Program goal:
Respiratory Therapy Program goal: To prepare graduates with demonstrated competence in the cognitive (knowledge), psychomotor (skills), and affective (behavior) learning domains of respiratory care practice as performed by registered respiratory therapists (RRTs).